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Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace of the Winds' is one of Jaipur's most iconic monuments, dating back to 200 years. This massive edifice stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad.
It is a five-story building in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas or windows. Hawa Mahal means the 'palace of the winds.'
The cool breeze is another feature due to a mesh of small windows that allow wind to enter the palace, making the whole mahal as air cooler even in summers. Due to this fact, it is aptly named the "Palace of Winds" or Hawa Mahal.
Its pyramidal structure is made using red and pink sandstone. 953 Jharokhas or tiny windows adorn the palace. On entering the main palace, a charming fountain welcomes you. The edifice's top offers a panoramic view of the Siredeori Bazar, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace.
Make time to visit this prominent landmark during your Jaipur trip. Its unique architecture pulls tourists from far corners of the world.
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty commissioned the Hawa Mahal in 1799. Lal Chand Ustad was the principal architect of this monument, and Lord Krishna was the tutelary deity of Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh.
He ordered Lal Chand to build Hawa Mahal in the shape of Lord Krishna's crown. This mahal was an extension of City Palace.
As per the purdah system, Rajput women did not step out of mahal in front of the public. The royal house women used to observe city, fairs, and festivals on the streets without outside exposure.
Around 953 jharokhas or small windows, and screened balconies provided a sense of freedom to women.
The floral patterns, canopies, fluted pillars, lotus motifs, arches, and beautiful carvings are the Hawa Mahal's architectural attractions. The Hawa Mahal architecture is a fusion of Rajput and Islamic style, and the style reflects the glory and royalty of Rajputs.
Chhatris, ornamental stonework, colorful mosaics of glasses in the rooms portray traditional Rajasthani architecture.
This palace is a five-storied edifice in a beehive structure. The palace's exterior is akin to the honeycomb's structure of a beehive with 953 small windows(Jharokhas). These jharokhas allowed the wind to enter the palace and kept it cool.
The Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without a foundation. Resultantly, the palace is tilted at an angle of 87°C. Small portholes consist of sandstone grills and small windows at an elevation of 50 feet above the ground.
With no stairs inside, you need to climb up the ramps to reach the top. You have to pass through an imperial door on the left of the building to enter the palace. A large courtyard has three double-storeyed facilities in the left, right, and center.
The top three floors have one room's width, whereas the first and second floors have courtyards in front of them.
Of five stores, three stores are popular among tourists - Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir, and the Hawa Mandir. Vichitra Mandir was a prayer hall to worship Lord Krishna.
Prakash Mandir has open terraces on both sides. This five-storied mahal has no stairs. Ramps were used to carry palanquins of royal women.
Sharad Mandir and the Ratan Mandir are other attractive temples. The Autumn celebration was done at Sharad Mandir on the first floor. Glass work in different colors is the highlight of Ratan Mandir on the second floor.
Museum portrays Rajput rulers' personal belongings, miniature paintings, antiques, and weapons of the glorious past.
The major architectural attraction is latticework, which makes room for cool breezes in the whole mahal.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.